My first outing to the Pennant Hills Bowling Club was as a nervous first time Mum who had very little confidence in dining out with a newborn - and I hated every minute of it! And that had absolutely nothing to do with the Club...... it was just me and my insecurities at the time.
If you had told me then that in the not too distant future I was going to become a kids food reviewer, I would have given you the "rude finger" to quote my boys! 9 years on and hundreds of eateries later, my insecurities have disappeared and I hope through Little Munch I can help other Mums (and Dads) who may be nervous about dining out with kids, both young and old, that it can be easily done as long as you choose the right venue - like the Pennant Hills Bowling Club.
9 years ago, when we first dined there, the PHBC was your typical bowlo - definitely aimed at the bowling crowd and people seeking a cheap feed. Fast forward to 2017 and it has had a lovely make over and now it's definitely aimed at up and coming young families who live in the area, as well as the original bowling set.
The Club has been handsomely decorated offering different areas to relax in, depending on your dining needs. There's the lounge area near the bar which is perfect for a pre-dinner drinkie poo; the bistro area which over looks the bowling greens; and the family area downstairs which has a very cute play gym in it. You just order your drinks and meals up at the bistro and a member of the really friendly staff will deliver it down to you.
The bistro is called Turf Dining and their kiddies menu is fairly typical with nuggets, minute steak, fish and beef burgers with chippies and sauce. The kids meal cost $12.00 ($11 if you are a member) and include a juice popper. Oh and kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday evening!
The big people's menu features wood fired pizzas (both traditional and gourmet), fish, pasta, schnittys, salads, burgers and steaks. We actually sampled a couple of their "specials of the day" - fish cakes and ribs. Both came with salad and wedges and went down a treat with an ice cold beer! Now if you just want to catch up with your mum squad for coffee and cake they have a daily $6.95 special and they have heaps of space for prams, high chairs, baby change facilites and parking, so it's a top spot for a mums group meet up. Lunch and dinner are also served from the family friendly hours of 11.30am and 5.30pm too.
Now my dear Little Munchers I personally believe that you all need to eat out with your kids and not be afraid to do it. At first it can be so overwhelming but the more you do it, the more confident you will become - especially when you are by yourself. Trust me I've been there and totally worn out the t-shirt! The Pennant Hills Bowling Club is actually a fantastic spot to "do it" for the first time. The venue is completely welcoming and just a lovely space to hang out in. There's both caffeine and wine to help calm the nerves, the food is tasty and your little ones will love the play area.
52 Yarrara Rd, Pennant Hills
02 9484 2433
Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner
There's ample parking available as well as plenty of street parking!